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Pollution kills more than 230,000 Indonesians per year: Report

  • Ardila Syakriah

    The Jakarta Post

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Jakarta   /   Thu, January 2, 2020   /  11:04 am
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Smog blankets Jakarta’s skyscrapers on Monday, Aug.19, 2019.The Pollution and Health Metrics report, released in December by the Global Alliance on Health and Pollution, revealed that of the 232,974 recorded pollution-related deaths in Indonesia, 123,753 were attributed to air pollution and 60,040 to water pollution.(JP/Donny Fernando)

Almost a quarter of a million people in Indonesia die every year because of exposure to toxic air, water or soil or other forms of pollution, making it the country with the fourth-highest number of premature pollution-related deaths in the world. The Pollution and Health Metrics report, released in December by the Global Alliance on Health and Pollution, revealed that of the 232,974 recorded pollution-related deaths in Indonesia, 123,753 were attributed to air pollution and 60,040 to water pollution. Another 16,331 deaths were caused by occupational pollution, which encompassed occupational carcinogens, second-hand smoke, particulates, gases and fumes, and the remaining 32,850 were the result of lead pollution from exposure to emissions from leaded gasoline. The headline figure places Indonesia far below India and China, both of which recorded more than 1.8 million deaths, and s...